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Mr Elwyn De La Vega BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Elwyn De La Vega is Postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Earth sciences, University Paris VI Pierre and Marie Curie

MSc Earth sciences, University Paris VI Pierre and Marie Curie (2011-2013)
MSc thesis in seismology at GEOAZUR: postseismic slip of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake constrained by GPS data.

MSc Oceanography, University of Bordeaux (2013-2014)
MSc thesis conducted at NOCS: boron isotopes in tropical corals to reconstruct past pH in reef environments.

Research interests

In the modern context of global warming, assessing the response of climate to CO2 forcing is a very big challenge, with numerous climatic feedbacks operating at different intensity and time scales. Key periods in the past, analogue of modern conditions exist during the early Pleistocene and Pliocene that are warm high-CO2 worlds. One most important parameter in the climate system is the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere that plays a role as a green house gas.

While the ice–core offers a high-resolution record of past pCO2 up to 800 ky, the boron isotope proxy in planktic Foraminifera offers the possibility to reconstruct CO2 beyond that record.

The input of this project is to carry on validating the boron isotope proxy at multiple sites on periods that overlap with the ice-core CO2 record, and reconstruct at high resolution atmospheric CO2 during the warm Plio-Pleistocene to assess the role of this green house gas and climate sensitivity in a warm world. A second part of the project will be to improve the boron analysis with the automation of boron purification and the improvement of sample throughput on MC-ICPMS.

Research project: Beyond the ice cores; orbital-scale atmospheric CO2 reconstruction of the Pleistocene using boron isotopes


Gavin Foster

Paul Wilson

Research group


Affiliate research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Member of postgrad committee at NOCS

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Teaching assistant for:

SOES 1005 Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry
SOES 2027 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II

Mr Elwyn De La Vega
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/186/17

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